Anette Kolmos

2013 IFEES Award Recipient

Dr. Anette Kolmos has been a Professor in Engineering Education and Problem Based Learning at Aalborg University since 2008. She has also served as Chairholder for the UNESCO Chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education, Aalborg University, Denmark since 2007. She was Professor with special duties in Engineering Education and Problem-Based and Project-Based Learning (PBL), Department for Development and Planning (2003 – 2008), and Visiting Professor at Chaire UNESCO de pédagogie universitaire, Université catholique de Louvain (2003). Dr. Kolmos has served in several capacities in several University and International Academic Activities including President of the European Society of Engineering Education, SEFI (2009-2011), Chair of the SEFI Working group on Engineering Education Research (2008 – 2009). In 2008, she was appointed as President-Elect of the European Society of Engineering Education, SEFI. Since 2007, she has been Chair of the national team for developing and maintaining research credits lists for the subject areas: education, subject didactics and pedagogy. Member of Programmbeirat für Hochschuldidaktik, für alle Universitäten in Baden Württemberg, Germany (2007-08). She has served as Member of the External Advisory Board for 7th Framework Programme: People, European Commission (2006-09), associate editor for the European Journal of Engineering Education, Taylor and Francis (2007-11), and from 2004-2007, was coordinator for the EU-project, Socrates project, PBL-Engineering which is developing the master programme: Problem Based Learning in Engineering and Science During the last 10 years, Dr. Kolmos has been responsible for development and implementation of more than 10 research and development projects. There has been external funding for some of these projects and Dr. Kolmos has been a project leader for all of them. These research project cover following issues, primarily within engineering education:

  1. Future Engineering Knowledge and Skills
  2. Development and evaluation of project organised and problem-based curriculum
  3. Change from traditional to project organised and problem-based curriculum
  4. Development of transferable skills in PBL and project work
  5. Methods for staff development
  6. Co-operative skills in product development and in engineering education
  7. PhD supervision.

As of February 2008, there are 125 publications registered in The Aalborg University Research Database. Google Scholar gives Dr. Kolmos 197 references. During her career, she has organised several international conferences and workshops, and has given several keynotes at international conferences. She has international experience in international faculty development, as she has been running more than 30 training workshops about PBL outside Denmark. IFEES is extremely proud to award Prof. Kolmos with its 2013 IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.